Fall is finally here and Seoul is almost ready to welcome the chilly autumn breeze and the sweep of gold, bronze, and red. And what could be a better way to appreciate the beauty of this transformation than to walk around the beautiful modern-meets-past paths and streets around Korea’s infamous capital city?
Here are some of the best streets for an autumn stroll in Seoul, as recommended by the Korea Tourism Organization:
Ikseon-dong Hanok Streets
Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
One of the streets of the Ikseon-dong Hanok Village (Photo from the Seoul Metropolitan Government)
The oldest hanok village in Seoul, even older than the Bukchon Hanok Village, Ikseon-dong is reliving its charm in the urban concrete jungles of Seoul. Many hanoks are being renovated into cafes and restaurants, giving Ikseon-dong a fresh and relaxing vibe, perfect for a cup of tea or a simple hangout sesh with friends.
Chungmu-ro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
The Jaemirang Cartoon Museum along Jaemi-ro Street (Photo from the Korea Joongang Daily)
Just take a walk for a minute or two from Myeong-dong Station and you’ll reach the cartoon street of Jaemi-ro! Named after the Korean word for “fun” (“jaemi”), 70 cartoonists lightened the mood of this street, making it one of the most adorable and colorful streets of Myeong-dong.
Gyeongui Line Forest Park
Yeonnam-dong and Daeheung-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
An aerial view of the Gyeongui Line Forest Park (Photo from Korea Herald)
A new attraction in the busy district of Hongdae, the Gyeongui Line Forest Park hosts a 6.3 kilometer old railroad line which was transformed into a unique park. There are a couple of restaurants and cafe along the way which makes the park a popular walking trail attraction.
Deoksugung Palace Stone-wall Road
Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
The Deoksugung Stone-wall path during autumn (Photo from Korea Tourism Organization)
Although known for the urban myth that any couple who walks along this road will break up, autumn is ironically perfectly romantic along the Deoksugung Stone-wall Road. Gingko and Zelkova trees line up the road, making it extra spectacular. It is close to the Jeongdong Observatory and Seoul Museum of Art. Oh! And if you think this is familiar, you might have seen this path in Goblin. So if you drop by the City Hall Station of Lines 1 and 2, you might want to visit here.
Seoul Hanyangdoseong City Wall Trail
Hyehwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
The Namsan Tower as seen from the city wall trail (Photo from the Korea Tourism Organization)
A relatively long walking path, the Hanyangdoseon City Wall Trail, more popularly known as the Seoul Seonggwak-gil, is divided into four courses. The most recommended course is the second route which begins from the Hyehwamun Gate, to the Naksan Park and Dongdaemun City Wall Park, and ends at the Heunginjimun Gate. It is best to take a stroll bby sunset to get a beautiful view of the city lights mixing with the wall lamps.
Want more? Check out the full list on the Korea Tourism Organization’s site! Which of these trails are you planning to visit? Tell us in the comments section below!